There’s no limit to the value of taking a little time to know someone. When you are giving and looking out for how you can make someone feel loved for however much time you have to spend with them, you’ll probably learn a lot more than you expected to give.

Sarah’s a brilliant almost-teacher with some awesome stories about traveling Europe and a lot of heart to share.

Much love Sarah.


How are you feeling about yourself today?

I pigged out on a bit too much Valentine’s Day candy last night so I’m feeling kind of gross – but I do like my outfit and hair today! 

Can you describe your daily routine for getting ready to leave the house?

First, I put on the outfit I picked out the night before and then wet my hair so I can style it. After putting a bit of leave in conditioner, I apply some foundation, eyeliner, a bit of eye shadow and mascara. It takes me anywhere between 15-20 minutes each morning. 

Do you have one or two things that you do to make yourself feel more confident?

I usually go play volleyball if I can; which is usually a pair of headphones and a volleyball against a gym wall. I also enjoy just dancing around my house by myself with music up on full blast.

How did this session make you feel?

This session was interesting for me because sometimes, I think I do appear pretty, but it was also eye opening that sometimes my weird quirky nature could be beautiful. I loved working early in the morning – it made me feel almost “renewed” being able to walk around with the sun rising up behind the trees. 


How did the photos make you feel?

Honestly, I hardly take photos of myself. So I loved seeing the photos that were shot and they turned out so differently than I had pictured. It made me feel as if for once some of my personality was evident through photos, even if it felt a bit awkward through the whole thing.

Do you have a hard time seeing yourself as beautiful?

Yes, all the time. There are so many reasons for that, mainly being the fact that to many guys in my life, I’ve not been “good enough” to date. I’ve been strung along more than I can count on my fingers. It’s hard to see yourself as beautiful, even when God reminds you over and over again, when you just want to find that special someone.

If you’re comfortable talking about it, what’s something that has been a hard insecurity to fight in your life?

It’s always been my hair. Since I was little, I’ve constantly been teased for the color and the curls. I can’t count how many times girls and guys alike have told me how much they hated my hair growing up and that they liked my hair straight better. 


Has that always been the case?

Yes. I’ve always been uncomfortable with my hair. In elementary school, I was called cruel names that still come to my mind to this day. In high school, I was told that I was “un-datable” because I was not a typical blonde/brunette girl.

What are your favorite physical features about yourself?

My eyes. I love my eyes because of how unique it is for a redhead to have red hair and brown eyes. They’re from my Mom, which is all the more special to me.

What are your favorite NON-physical features about yourself?

My passion. When I really care about something or someone, I really invest in it. I take the time to understand and get to know whatever I am passionate about.  



What is one thing that makes you feel loved?

When people take the time to spend doing things with me perhaps that they don’t always want to do. I also love to just sit and listen to what is going on in people’s lives. I feel loved when other people open up to me just as much as I open up to them. 

Do you have anything you’d like to share with others about beauty, worth, or these sessions?

There are a couple phrases that I choose to live my life by. One, is my life verse, Galatians 1:10 – “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” This verse has always resonated with me as a reminder that no matter what anyone wants you to say or do, you are a servant of Christ, not of man. Another phrase, as quoted by perhaps one of my favorite fictional heroes ever, reads as such: “I know my value; anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” – Peggy Carter. I adore this phrase because it’s a reminder to me that I already know what my value is and that nobody’s opinion of me can change that. Knowing your worth and taking pride in what you love is what people find beautiful in you. So what you like nerdy things? So what you want to travel the world in your 20s? And so what that you find your favorite evenings to be those at the ballpark? Your beauty and worth is not found in others approval. If this session taught me anything, it reminded me that I am a daughter of the King and loved far more by Him than any human could ever love me.